Tom Taylor is back with Injustice 2, and ready to bend the alternate DCU at his whim. This series is a prequel to the Injustice 2 video game, and details the events before the game’s story mode. Last issue, Batman decided to use the Suicide Squad to save a world where Superman is no longer in tyrannical rule. But in this issue, things don’t go according to plan.
Another Batman takes over, and is now in control of the Suicide Squad. When Bruce Wayne ends up in the hospital because of him, he receives a message from a deceased Lex Luthor. Batman has to build a team, gather resources, to make a world where a Batman isn’t needed. He’ll need a strong group, including Green Arrow and Black Canary, who have come back to this universe to help Batman out. But when the power at a high-security prison goes out, the Man of Steel is at large once again.
This issue has a lot more direction than the first. The first issue pretty much showcased the Injustice-version of the Suicide Squad, and didn’t really make it clear as to where the plot was headed or what ties it has with the video game. This issue fixes most of that. A new conflict is introduced that is more than enough to carry the series onward into action-packed glory.
Taylor does a fantastic job with individual characters in this issue. The real gems of the book are little moments that stand out among the conflict. The “other” Batman becomes a bigger threat and a looming dark tone hovers over the entire issue. But lighthearted and heartwarming events like Black Canary proposing to Green Arrow balance this out perfectly. Both tones are conveyed with such conviction that they mesh seamlessly together to create one cohesive and mega entertaining story.
Bruno Redondo’s illustrations bring so much more life to Taylor’s script. The art style is clean, with neat line work and a cinematic progression of events throughout the issue. We see a lot of dramatic moments balance out with smaller, more intimate ones. The characters resemble their video game counterparts really well, and show a lot of attention to detail—but no over-designing. Rex Lokus’ colors help the dramatic parts of the story really pop off the page. With the inclusion of different light sources (i.e. bright lightning), the artwork is able to take a really intense and vivid turn for the benefit of the plot.
This issue definitely shows more direction than the first one. We see a lot more of the narrative here, and smaller, quiet character moments really help bring sympathy and intimacy to the book. Now that we see a clear conflict in place, it’ll be interesting to watch how Batman decides to deal with it. Make sure to keep reading the series and, if you haven’t already, check out the Injustice 2 video game, out now!
Written by: Tom Taylor
Illustrated by: Bruno Redondo